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Old December 23rd, 2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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"Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time donít believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bosín Mate. Now I live in a ďrest homeĒ located on the western end of Pearl Harbor , allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I canít figure out what country you are the president of.
You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

Ē Weíre no longer a Christian nationĒ
Ē America is arrogantĒ

Ė (Your wife even
announced to the world,Ē America is mean-spirited. Ē Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our
war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

Iíd say shame on the both of you, but I donít think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said,Ē America hasnít lived up to her ideals.Ē

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didnít mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I donít think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you donít, Iíll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue . You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you donít want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts , who was putting up a fight? You donít mind offending the police calling them stupid but you donít want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but youíre the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if youíre not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy youíre thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
Youíre not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. Thatís not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.
And I sure as hell donít want to think my president is the enemy in this final battleÖ

Sincerely,
Harold B. Estes
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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Wow ,God Bless you -you really said a mouthful, and my family is thankful to the men and women whom have lost their lives fighting so we could live ours. The many truths you have pointed out I agree with and pray America wakes up and some miracle takes place to shift this Presidents ideals toward reality and American thinking. My bet is if his personal guard needed a weapon replacement he would have it. Why not the USA? Why do we deserve to be thrown under the media and foreign affairs bus?
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 11:27 PM   #3
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I would have guessed this false but a quick look on snopes and it looks true. See below...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/haroldestes.asp

I may not agree with everything Harold says but gotta give him props for saying it!
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 11:32 PM   #4
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http://www.hawaiireporter.com/a-grea...s-navy-ret/123

Harold B. Estes and many of his peers are part of a generation that is known as “The Greatest Generation." Estes, a World War II veteran credited with helping bring the USS Missouri and Bowfin museums to Hawaii, and who gained Internet fame with a letter written to President Barack Obama telling him to "shape up and start acting like an American," died Tuesday May 17, 2011.
Bringing the battleship Missouri to Pearl Harbor started as an idea tossed around in 1994 by Estes, retired Adm. Ron Hays and Navy veteran Edwin Carter, according to the museum.
It was a day in mid-February 1994 when Ronald Hays, a retired four-star admiral who had headed all U.S. forces in the Pacific, said to Estes, a retired chief boatswain's mate, something like: "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could get the Missouri here?".
Anyone who has served in the United States Navy knows that the people who get things done in the Navy are chief boatswain’s mates. This includes four-star admirals.
Estes, who had been out of the Navy since 1954, had worked with Carter to arrange for the deactivated submarine USS Bowfin to be brought to Pearl Harbor as the centerpiece of a submarine memorial complex.
Estes served over 20 years in the Navy. He took to the Navy like the proverbial duck takes to the water. Estes loved the Navy and the Navy returned that love. His first ship was the battleship California, later sunk at Pearl Harbor.
When Estes called Carter about the Missouri, Carter arranged for Estes and Hays to meet with him for lunch at the Waialae Country Club. "Cheap lunch," Carter has been quoted as saying. "Nobody ordered booze."
All three - the admiral, the chief boatswain's mate and the naval reservist - agreed it should be possible to get the deactivated Mo here. Hays, who was going back east on a business trip, said he would talk to our congressional delegation (all approved) and to the vice chief of naval operations, Stanley Arthur, who had been a fighter pilot over Vietnam with Hays.
Arthur approved, too. Interestingly, he shared a story about a Japanese delegation that had startled him by asking to have the Missouri towed to Tokyo Bay in 1995 for the 50th anniversary of the surrender ceremonies on the battleship.
“Why?” Arthur asked them. The Japanese delegation told him that the Missouri represented a new beginning. It turned the rhetoric of democracy, freedom and prosperity into reality for Japan.
This idea was welcomed by the three. As it has turned out, the Japanese have become major visitors to the Missouri.
It’s interesting to note that when the Missouri opened as a museum ship at Ford Island, it become a "bookend" to the Arizona Memorial. The beginning and end of the Pacific war is d.ramatically portrayed by these two ships.
This Author of this article had the pleasure of meeting Estes. I can attest that he was a true gentleman. He didn’t have a political bone in his body, and he loved America and his fellow veterans. I have no doubt that Harold Estes and Fred Ballard are sitting together with the Supreme Commander talking story.
A letter critical of Obama penned by Estes several years ago went viral on the Internet and references to it are still numerous. Estes began his letter with these words, "One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.”
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So some old guy wrote a letter. That hardly qualifies as "own-age".
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